How to successfully start your job search

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Diving into a job search doesn't have to be as daunting as one might think. Starting off by evaluating your current position and making sure to research and take advantage of all the available options out there are essential steps to achieving success in securing a new role. 

Start your search towards securing your dream job today with these 5 steps. 

1. Start off with a self-evaluation

Self-evaluation is critical but often overlooked when you start thinking about finding a job. Think about the type of role that interests you and what type of organisation will be actively looking for your skill set. Take some time to assess what you've learnt in your last job, your strengths and weaknesses and what areas you need to develop. This will help you clearly articulate to recruitment consultancies and employers what you want to achieve from your next move.

2. Do your research

Information is the true secret of a successful job-search. Whatever sector you work in, it's critical to understand the issues affecting your profession or industry sector and in-depth insight will put you ahead of your fellow job seekers. Talk to recruitment consultancies about the current market, which sectors are recruiting and how long the recruitment process is currently taking. Find out how much someone with similar skills and experience is worth by using one of the many job market resources available today such as our Global Salary Survey.

3. Get to networking

Effective networking with your peers can be the key to achieving your career goals by finding contacts who can introduce you to new opportunities. By being well-networked, you are not only enabling yourself to tap into the 'hidden' job market, but giving yourself a real advantage over other candidates. Your network should include anyone who can assist you with a job search or career move. It can include past and present co-workers, bosses, colleagues from business associations and friends. Use tools like Linked In to expand your network.

4. Search through job boards

Find online job boards that cater specifically to your target industry, as well as more generic platforms. If you want to avoid checking through hundreds of vacancies, it is important to make your search as targeted as possible. Use their search engines to filter roles by title, salary and location.

5. Consult with a recruitment agency

In a job market where a vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, signing on with a recruitment agency is a good way to have access to some of the best job opportunities on the market.

Look for an established, specialist consultancy that has a good reputation in the marketplace. Check how they work and be selective. If an agency works on an individual commission basis you may be limited to only hearing about the opportunities your individual consultant is working on.

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